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Tennessee House Speaker Cam Sexton (R-Crossville) said Monday that a new map of the boundaries of the state’s nine congressional districts would be unveiled during a House committee hearing on Wednesday.

If the new card is approved and stands up to any potential legal challenge, it could change the partisan makeup of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to the United States House of Representatives from seven Republicans and two Democrats in the 116th Session of Congress to eight Republicans and one Democrat at the 117th Session of Congress which will meet in January 2023 following the November 2022 midterm elections.

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-5), who has represented the 5th Congressional District, the majority of which consists of the heavily Democratic Davidson County, including Nashville, since 2003, appears to be the odd one out.

Tennessee Speaker Sexton told Brian Wilson, host of The reader on Nashville’s 99.7 WTN radio station Monday afternoon that the 5th Congressional District “will be divided into two, maybe three districts.”

Representative Cooper’s brother, John Cooper, is the mayor of Metro Nashville-Davidson County. The two are the sons of the late Prentice Cooper, who served as the state’s Democratic governor in the 1940s and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 1958 against Senator Al Gore, Sr.

“I’ve never accepted the approach that having multiple people representing a big city is a bad thing,” Sexton told The Associated Press on Monday:

Senate Speaker Randy McNally, a Republican, told AP on Monday that he believes lawmakers need to divide the district due to demographic shifts in the rest of the state.

“I think we have to do that because of the way the east has to move, all of these districts has to move west and west has to move east, and that squeezes Nashville,” he said. he declared.

Late Monday, The Tennessee Journal provided more details on how the Fifth Congressional District is likely to be divided:

The Tennessee Journal has learned that the Senate’s preference is for a strongly Democratic three-way Nashville division that would involve the 6th and 7th districts currently held by Republican officials. John Rose of Cookeville and Mark Green of Ashland City, respectively, grabbing parts of the capital.

Green would only retain about a third of Williamson County, the 7th District’s traditional anchor when he is now Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) occupied the seat. The rest are believed to be part of the new 5th District held by Democratic Representative Jim Cooper since 2003.

The rapidly growing County of Rutherford would remain entirely in the 4th Arrondissement, which would likely require an overall migration west of the siege boundaries. DesJarlais is on the east side of the neighborhood.

“Gerrymandering Nashville is an insult to all Nashvillians and likely to backfire on the Republican Party,” said Representative Cooper. Tennessee Monday after the announcement of the announcement of the plan to dismantle the 5th Congressional District.

“It is not conservative to divide a riding which has been whole for 240 years. The speaker isn’t dividing his home county, so he can’t be serious when he claims it’s good for Nashville, ”Cooper added.

There has been speculation that Cooper may consider retiring in light of rumors, now confirmed, that the Republican-controlled Tennessee General Assembly is considering dividing the 5th Congressional District. Cooper also faces a challenge from the left in Odessa Kelly’s Democratic primary, which was endorsed by Justice Democrats.

There are rumors that a number of well-known Republicans would be interested in running for the seat of the 5th Congressional District if its boundaries were changed to give GOP candidates a better chance of winning.

A legal challenge to the new congressional district map remains a possibility, but sources say Breitbart News Tennessee is not at the top of the list of states where Democrats intend to place a strong emphasis on challenging the new boundaries for congressional districts.


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